Then the computer came along followed soon after by e-mail the cell phone and I could go on and on. It was wonderful! I could type a letter and it corrected itself! Who needed to know how to spell? E-mail made it so I didn’t even have to talk to the person in the cubicle next to me. I remember once I was on a job and I had to ask the person one cubicle over a question. So I politely cleared me throat and knocked on their cubicle door (so to speak) and started to ask my question. They told me in no uncertain terms “I only communicate through e-mail.” Okay so apparently that company did not promote social skills. Then the cell phone … now I don’t even have to wait to get home to call someone or if I am desperate I can text and get an instant message back.
Do not get me wrong I cannot live without modern technology and social media anymore but when people stop talking to each other and instead are sitting at the dinner table just texting or playing a game on their phone then I think something has been lost.
Now work is only an e-mail or phone call away so I know I have become obsessed with it. I have done it a million times “I will just check my e-mail real fast and be right with you.” Or I am in the grocery store and someone says “Hi” and I automatically turn around and say “Hi” only to realize they are on their phone.
The up side is that work gets done faster; we can communicate with any country in the world on a moment’s notice and we do not have to wait for answers to decisions that need to be made immediately. Not to mention all the technological advances in the medical industry.
We have come a long way and I am glad we have but sometimes I think we need to tone it down a little and enjoy the day just sitting and talking face to face with someone.